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LONG    LANCE

If the antelope and buffalo grazed quietly we
knew that all was well. But if the birds or
animals showed any excitement in their move-
ments or calls we knew that there were prowlers
abroad; and we sent out scouts to cover the camp.
The Indians always attacked just at the break of
dawn, when everybody was tired and brains were
slow to think. Therefore, every morning before
dawn two of our spies would leave the camp under
the cover of darkness and climb upon the highest
eminence in the district, and lie there until day-
break. They would then peer out over the sur-
rounding country to see if any of our enemies
were camping on our trail or preparing to raid
us.

During the long winters in the far northern
zones, when the days were just a few short hours,
our mothers spent a good deal of their time each
day teaching and training us youngsters into the
ways of the Indian. Like the white boy, we had
to take our schooling during the winter. Our
mothers spent about two hours every day teaching
us how to speak our tribal language correctly.
This is a very important point with the Indian—
his language—as his social status in later years
depends on his ability to handle his grammar
properly. Any Indian allowed to grow up with-
out being able to speak his language with absolute
correctness is relegated to the rank of an outcast

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